Vari­ant 52 $225


Freshly redesigned, the Var iant 52 is a do-it-a l l quiver-of-one back­pack. Tool at­tach­ments, rope strap, sk i car r y straps, an av y gear pocket and str ip­pable com­po­nents make it suit­able for ever ything from sim­ple days at the crag to multi-day alpine tr ips. Testers abused the pack in Alaska, through­out the Rock­ies and it even dou­bled as a duf fel bag for one hugely over-packed tr ip, sur viv­ing al l the abuse with­out a scratch (though if some­thing had hap­pened, Os­prey has an un­beat­able lifetime guar­an­tee). Ful ly loaded, the Var iant com­fort­ably han­dles big loads, but str ip the hip­belt, framesheet and top pocket – and de­ploy the built-in lid, which acts as a low-prof ile top lid – and the pack com­presses down for sum­mit days. The Var iant 52 is a one of the few tr uly great, a l l-around packs, a clas­sic.–

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